Showcasing Laois History and Heritage
An Initiative of Laois Library Service

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This month's meeting of the Genealogy Club takes place on Wednesday 18th October at 7pm in the Community Room in Portlaoise Library. The information session this month will introduce the topic of genetic genealogy.
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Explore 300 years of history through local, regional and national newspapers from the British Newspaper Archive. The subscription website is now available, free of charge, in the Laois Local Studies reading room located on the first floor of the new Portlaoise Library. Offering online access to millions of pages of British and Irish newspapers from...
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On Sunday the 5th of October 1873 Maryborough (now Portlaoise) hosted a rally spoken at by controversy provoking Thomas Mooney. Mooney wrote in the U.S.-based Irish World newspaper. It was then the largest selling publication catering to an Irish-American audience and would become known for its support for the ‘skirmishing’ wing of the Fenian movement.
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Portlaoise Library is hosting a Local Studies coffee morning next Saturday 23rd September at 11.30 am. The intention is to bring together like-minded adults of all ages to listen and share local stories of the past, ancient and recent.
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Want to do your family tree but don’t know where to start? Then you should join the Portlaoise Library Genealogy Club. The Genealogy Club returns next Wednesday 20th September following its summer break. The club will meet in the Community Room of the new Portlaoise Library at 7pm. The Genealogy Club is a friendly group...
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The Laois Heritage Society talk for September is 'Big Houses', Divided land and the 1923 Land Act by historian Terry Dunne. The talk takes place ion Thursday 14th September at 8pm n the Midland Park Hotel
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With National Heritage Week 2023 fast approaching its time to check out what’s happening here in Laois. This year Heritage Week will run from 12th – 20th August, with a huge range of events taking place across the county, including lots of talks and events in Laois Libraries. Children’s Events in Laois Libraries Dinosaur Show...
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Laois Local Studies reopened this week in its new home on Portlaoise main street. Local Studies is part of the new Portlaoise Library, a state of the art facility with a dedicated Local reading room for the Laois Collection.
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Laois County Council, with financial support from Creative Ireland, seeks to award grants to communities and artists working together to explore and present aspects of Laois’s heritage through varying art forms.
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Portlaoise Library are delighted to announce a talk with author Kevin Akers. Taking place in our new Portlaoise Library branch on main street Portlaoise on Friday 21st July at 6.30pm. Follow the enduring story of The Dunnes of Brittas as three generations share in each other's triumphs and tragedies. To register email portlaoiselibrary@laoiscoco.ie
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About Us

Laois Local Studies was established to collect, preserve and make available for reference, material relating to the history and heritage of County Laois.